What is The Schroth Method?
The Schroth Method is the internationally recognized gold standard for Physiotherapy treatment of scoliosis and Scheuermann’s Kyphosis, and is supported by SOSORT (Society on Scoliosis Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Treatment).
Physiotherapists and Registered Massage Therapists at The ScoliClinic are trained in the Schroth principles, and they use these complex and curve-specific exercises to help you find a more neutral postural alignment, then strengthen your muscles in that more neutral alignment.
Schroth Method Treatment utilizes carefully chosen exercise positioning and set-up using equipment and props to optimally elongate and align your shoulders, ribcage, lower back, and pelvis.
Breathing techniques are performed using 3-dimensional cues, to help lengthen, expand, and decompress areas of the trunk. As scoliosis and Scheuermann’s Kyphosis may affect the position of the ribs and diaphragm, breathing exercises are a way to activate these muscles in a way that supports your curve.
In asymmetrical conditions such as scoliosis, the muscles on both sides of the spine are affected in different ways. In Schroth Method exercises, therapists use a range of muscle activation techniques to strengthen your muscles in a curve-specific way. Depending on your goals, your therapist may integrate functional exercises to help you lift, bend, and reach. As your treatment plan progresses, curve-specific modifications and cues may also be provided to help you with your sports and activities.